Margaret Hayes, city librarian, in a chip van outside the Rotunda Hospital serving from left; Angela Cassidy, Roddy Doyle, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, Philip Martin, Peter Sheridan and Niall Stokes, during the launch of Dublin: One City One Book, 2015 programme. This year’s book  is Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a nostalgia-laden occasion for Roddy Doyle as he celebrated the selection of his Barrytown Trilogy for Dublin: One City One Book for 2015 surro(...)

‘To put it simply, without a strong capital the rest of the country is banjaxed.’ Above, the Spire on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Getty Images

St Patrick’s Day offers a unique opportunity to indulge in crass generalisations about what it means to be Irish. Today we can speak loosely in the(...)

Illustration by Gerard Crowley, from the True(ish) History of Ireland by Garvan Grant

Every year when St Patrick’s Day rolls around, someone always takes great pleasure in rolling out that old schoolboy joke: What did St Patrick say (...)

Painting of Brendan Behan and Lucian Freud is part of Mark McFadden’s debut exhibition in Dublin, ‘Literary Greats’, at the Residence club on St Stephen’s Green

This painting of Brendan Behan and Lucian Freud is by Mark McFadden, an Irish artist from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, now living in Monaco. It’s pa(...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Graham Dwyer. Sitting with her slight body angled toward the judge’s bench, Gemma Dwyer’s eyes never met those of the man she has known for nearly 20 years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gemma Dwyer, wife of murder suspect Graham Dwyer, took the stand for less than an hour in the Central Criminal Court. Shoulders hunched, fair h(...)

Seán McCann:  died suddenly but peacefully at his Dublin home

Journalist, author and rose lover Seán McCann has died suddenly but peacefully at his home in Dublin’s Deansgrange. He was believed to be in his late (...)

Laura Whitmore (centre) and models walk the runway at the Bora Aksu show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at Somerset House. Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

Fashion sights will be trained on London this weekend and a host of catwalk events at the 61st London Fashion Week which was formally opened by Natali(...)

Stephen Fry: ‘Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’ Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

The English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry has described God as “quite clearly a maniac”, “monstrous, utterly monstrous”, and “tota(...)

Miriam Frank: ‘Much of today’s writing appears to be celebrity related and follows fashions, relying on the expertise of others and writing to a learnt formula, rather than through the direct experience and observation of life.’

Miriam Frank is the author of My Innocent Absence: Tales from a Nomadic Life (Arcadia Books), an exploration of identity, belonging and relationships,(...)